OOF2: The Manual
The Materials Page is where
Materials are built and assigned
to pixels in a
Microstructure. It is the only OOF2 page (other than
the Introduction Page) that does not begin with a Chooser for
Mesh. This is because
Materials exist independenly of
Microstructures, allowing them to be
easily shared among different
The Materials Page consists of two panes, as shown in Figure 3.8. The Property Pane is for
setting the parameters for
Properties. The Material Pane
creates and manipulates
Materials and assigns them to pixels
Most of the Property Pane is occupied by a hierarchical list
Properties. This includes the predefined
Properties, and the
Figure 3.8 the highlighted
Property named “goo” is a named isotropic
Property. It appears in the hierarchy below its
unnamed parent, Isotropic, which appears below
its parent, Elasticity, which is below
the top level category, Mechanical. Clicking on a
in the list selects it for further operations.
Property is the same as single-clicking it
and pressing the
button. Names in the list that correspond to hierarchy levels
but not to
Properties (such as “Elasticity” or
“Anisotropic”) cannot be selected.
Clicking on the triangles to the left of the property names collapses and expands levels of the hierarchy. Figure 3.9 shows two views of the same section of the list. The anisotropic elastic property hierarchy is collapsed on the left and expanded on the right.
The three buttons above the Property List make changes to the list.
The button creates a named copy of the
Propertycurrently selected in the list. The currently selected
Propertycan be either named or unnamed. The button brings up a dialog box for naming the copied
The button brings up a dialog box for setting the parameters of the currently selected
Property. Property parametrization dialogs are discussed in below. The parameters are assigned to the
Propertywhen the button is pressed in the dialog box.
Many properties contain a number of related parameters. Only the independent ones can be set, but it can be convenient to see all of them. For example, Figure 3.10 shows the dialog box for the hexagonal elasticity property, whose parameter is a HexagonalRank4TensorCij object. The dialog box has entries for each of the components of the tensor. Some of the entries are grayed out, meaning that they cannot be set. Some of these (such as C14) are always zero for this
Property, and some (such as C22) are constrained to be equal to another entry (C11, in this case). Changing the value of C11 will also change the value of C22. Hexagonal rank 4 tensors have only 5 independent entries, but the dialog box contains 6 active entry fields. This is because there is a non-trivial relationship between values (in this case, C66=(C11-C12)/2). Changing the value of any one of the related entries will change the value of the others so that the constraint is always satisfied.
Sometimes there can be more than one way to specify a
Property. For example, isotropic elasticity can be specified in terms of the components of the elastic modulus tensor, or by giving the bulk and shear moduli, or in Lamé coefficients. The dialog boxes contain a pull-down menu for selecting the preferred representation for such parameters. Figure 3.11 illustrates this for the Color
Propertiesthat have multiple representations include isotropic elasticity, cubic elasticity, and orientation.
The Material Pane is where
Properties constructed in the
Pane are assembled into
OOF2 are simply lists of
Properties. The Material Pane
consists of three regions (see Figure 3.8): a set of buttons at the
top, a Material Chooser and a list of
Properties in the
middle, and another set of buttons at the bottom.
The Material Chooser is used to select one of the existing
Properties contained in the selected
Material are listed below the Chooser. Clicking on a
Property in the list selects it, and also selects it in the
Property List in the Property Pane.
The buttons at the top of the Material Pane manipulate
The button makes a copy of the
Materialcurrently selected in the Material Chooser.
The button deletes the
Materialcurrently selected in the Material Chooser. It does not delete the
Propertiesthat were in the
Material-- they still exist in the Property Pane and can be used in another
Three of the five buttons at the bottom of the Material Pane also act
on the selected
The button brings up a dialog box for removing the assigned
Materialfrom specified pixels in a
Microstructure. The dialog box specifies the pixels and
Microstructurein pull-down menus like those in Figure 3.12. The
Materialassignment is removed whether or not the pixels'
Materialis the same as the Material Pane's currently selected
Interface materials have been disabled as of version 2.1. They will be re-enabled in a future release.
The button brings up a dialog box for removing the
Materialassigned to a list of interfaces and skeleton boundaries in a
Microstructure. The dialog box groups the names of interfaces and skeleton boundaries that have the same material assignments.